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  • The Hummingbird's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Realism at its best!

  • By Angie on 12-26-06

Worth a second start

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-19

I got about 1/5 of the way through this book and realized that I was not really following the story well. I went on YouTube and watched some interviews and speeches the author gave (the speech at the Carter Center was especially helpful). Once I realized that Teresita, the main character, was a real person and was part of the family lore of the author, the book made sense. I started listening back at the beginning with new understanding and appreciation. The book appears to be in the genre of magic realism, but many of the supernatural parts are considered truthful.

I often don’t like an author’s narration, but this one is just right.

  • Julius Caesar

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars

  • By David on 04-05-14

Works best if you read along

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Since almost all the characters are men, I could not know who was speaking until I got a copy of the play and read along. It was a very good dramatization with that help.

  • The Theater of War

  • What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today
  • By: Bryan Doerries
  • Narrated by: Adam Driver
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

This compassionate, personal, and illuminating work of nonfiction draws on the author's celebrated work as a director of socially conscious theater to connect listeners with the power of an ancient artistic tradition. For years Bryan Doerries has been producing ancient tragedies for current and returned servicemen and women, addicts, tornado and hurricane victims, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking

  • By Emily Willis on 01-05-18

Greek tragedies help people in traumatic situations

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

This book gives a fascinating account of how ancient Greek dramas connect with soldiers in combat, veterans and their families, corrections officers, hospice workers, and disaster survivors. Adam Driver, one of the actors who has presented the dramas, provides excellent narration.

  • Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk

  • And Other Truths About Being Creative
  • By: Danielle Krysa
  • Narrated by: Danielle Krysa
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces 10 truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success - fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others - and explains how to navigate roadblock.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Lot Covered In Less Than 3 Hours But--

  • By Gillian on 04-10-18

Not adapted for audio book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Usually in an audio book, there are special adaptations because of the format, but this book refers to page numbers and references as if it's a printed book. The advice is good, but just buy the printed version, or you will feel that you are missing out on something.

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  • The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very moving, thought provoking,

  • By Kelli Stone on 04-12-17

A Beautiful, Complex Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I loved this book when I first listened to it, and I recommended it to my book club. In preparing to lead the discussion, I listened again and read the Kindle version. Each time I discovered a new layer or symbol that carries through the book. This is a very touching book about a boy who continues to have an impact on broken people after his death. Monica Wood has created a masterpiece about grief, guilt, family, and possibilities. Chris Ciulla does an excellent job changing his voice to distinguish the various sections as they are presented by the characters. My book club loved it!

  • Attached

  • The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love
  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy the audible version.

  • By Tamara on 09-14-17

Good insights, but some parts difficult to follow in audio

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I am glad that I got this audiobook along with the Kindle book because some parts were difficult to process with audio alone. This book had some inventories and charts which are hard to follow through listening.

  • The Next Christendom

  • The Coming of Global Christianity
  • By: Philip Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Robert Feifar
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

In this new and substantially expanded Third Edition, Philip Jenkins continues to illuminate the remarkable expansion of Christianity in the global South - in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Drawing upon the extensive new scholarship that has appeared on this topic in recent years, he asks how the new Christianity is likely to affect the poor, among whom it finds its most devoted adherents. How should we interpret the enormous success of prosperity churches across the Global South? Politically, what will be the impact of new Christian movements?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A data heavy look at the state of Christianity

  • By Adam Shields on 10-22-15

Be aware that the audio book is an old edition

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Peter Jenkins presents one of the best descriptions of the shift of Christianity from Europe and North America to the global South. This Audible book is the first edition, published in 2002. Much has changed in the world, and Jenkins has periodically published new editions in 2007 and 2011. Possibly he will publish a 4th edition soon. The updated versions are available in print and Kindle, and I would recommend getting the most recent edition. These have charts and maps that are not available in the audio edition.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

  • By: David Livermore, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Livermore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses

  • By Quaker on 09-17-13

Wonderful resource

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I teach a course about Christian mission that emphasizes cultural literacy. These lectures expand on Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and give many helpful examples that will be beneficial to understanding different cultures. I will listen to this again and again.

  • All My Love, Detrick

  • By: Roberta Kagan
  • Narrated by: Kevin S. Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Set in Nazi occupied Europe, All My Love, Detrick follows the lives of two families, one Jewish and one German. They are bound together forever by a forbidden love. If you like Historical Sagas, you'll love All My Love, Detrick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • horrible narrator!!!!

  • By annamaria on 07-22-14

Poor audio quality

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-18

The reader was all right, but he sounded as if he was reading from a hole.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,468

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Too much bodice ripping for me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I like the story and the time travel to another period, but the extended lovemaking scenes were too much. Very good narration.